Canada, Germany Lose Openers At FIBA World Championships

Aug. 28, 2010

TURKEY - Lebanon defeated Canada 81-71 and Germany fell to Argentina 78-74 in first-round preliminary games at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey Saturday.

Canada fell to 0-1 in Group D, while Germany is 0-1 in Group A.

Gonzaga University junior Robert Sacre and sophomore Kelly Olynyk saw time for Canada, while Bulldog sophomore Elias Harris came off the bench in Germany's setback.

Sacre played 7 minutes, went 1-for-2 from the field for two points, grabbed a pair of rebounds and picked up four fouls. Olynyk grabbed a rebound in his limited appearance.

Harris played 18 minutes for Germany, went 2-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line for 6 points. He also hauled in a rebound, had a pair of assists and blocked a shot.

Canada's preliminary round games are being played in Izmir, while Germany is playing in Kayseri.

A disciplined 24-13 final quarter and the brilliance of stalwart Fadi El Khatib helped Lebanon down Canada.

For much of the game Canada looked the better team, but a stunning second half display by El Khatib (31 points, 8 rebounds) and strong support from point guard Rony Fahed (17 points) and Matt Freije (12 points, 4/7 three pointers) allowed Lebanon to record their come-from-behind victory.

For Canada, Joel Anthony was a force inside with 17 points and 6 rebounds, and received support from Andy Rautins (10 points), Denham Brown (13 points) and Levon Kendall (11 rebounds).

Lebanon restricted Anthony and Rautins, who were dominant in the first half, to just two field goal attempts in the final quarter.

Both teams promised to play quick and in the first quarter they delivered, thrilling the large crowd in Izmir. Rautins nailed two big three pointers early, which were answered in kind by Lebanon big man Matt Freije.



Canada started the third quarter term with a 7-1 run, but Lebanon answered immediately through back-to-back threes from El Khatib and Fahed.

Canada then responded with two of its own to take a 52-44 lead with 4:45 to play, but El Khatib scored at will near the basket on his way to 16 points for the quarter to bring Lebanon within one.

The last quarter was all Lebanon, who executed in the half court and coolly converted important free throws, leaving Canada coach Leo Rautins to lament his team shooting 2/9 from the perimeter in the final quarter and a 26-11 foul count.

Canada will take on Lithuania Sunday,

Argentina felt right at home, despite being very far from their country as more than 1,000 fans showed up to support them.

In the first quarter Argentina relied on their two towers, Fabricio Oberto and Luis Scola, who combined for 12 points as they led 23-18 after the opening quarter.

Germany stayed in the game thanks to the aggressive and efficient play from guard Demond Greene. He was responsible for tying the game at 36 and then making a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining to give his team a 42-39 halftime lead. Greene had 12 points at halftime.

Argentina took off in the third quarter despite not having their starting point guard Pablo Prigioni who was resting. His replacement, Luis Cequeira, made pinpoint passes to spark a 14-0 run that finished with a 3-pointer by Carlos Delfino to go up 63-49 with 1:54 to play. Argentina led 65-54 after three quarters as Delfino scored 11 points in the period.

In the final ten minutes the strong guard play from Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene brought the Germans to life, but the experience and strong team play from Argentina gave them the win in the final seconds.

Germany will face Serbia Sunday.

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